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    lawstudent922, cany, zaynabou

    because if we armed the teachers, this wouldn't have happened.  Or maybe like the cops that shot up the unarmed couple with hundred plus rounds a couple weeks back and ended up shooting their own cars, panicked people will just produce more carnage.

    •  One of those evening news shows like (2+ / 0-)
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      entrelac, schnecke21

      20/20 did an experiment after VTech. They went into a college classroom, told all the kids that a gunman was going to come in (armed with a paintball gun). They gave a paintball gun to one student and said, your mission is to take out the shooter before he takes out you.

      They picked a wide assortment of students for the experiment; some had little experience with guns, some had a lot (one kid was an experienced hunter and target shooter). When the shooter burst into the classroom, every single one of the students with a gun got "killed." And they already knew a shooter was coming in through the door.

      It really shocked them, especially the ones with significant gun experience. When the reporter spoke to several law enforcement folks from the FBI, they basically said, yeah, it's really hard to shoot another human being, all your instincts tell you not to do it. Which is why we have to practice and drill all the time.

       It was also interesting that the law enforcement folks (and I've had this confirmed by the police on my college campus) are very against having guns carried on campus, because they said you wouldn't be able to tell in a situation who was the perp, and who was a bystander. Plus, imagine a couple hundred college kids all carrying trying to figure out who the shooter is, when everyone looks like a college kid and everyone has a gun.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 02:24:54 PM PST

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